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Front Pagearrow Package proposal placed before Khaleda, Hasina
A team of advisers to the caretaker government talked with the two major political alliances last night with a package proposal in an apparent last ditch effort to resolve the prevailing political crisis.
 arrow 4-party agrees to change in EC commissioners
The BNP-led four-party alliance has responded positively to the package of proposals set forth by the caretaker government and agreed to have the Election Commission (EC) recast by sending two controversial
 arrow 14-party puts forward its conditions
Responding to the package proposal of the caretaker government (CG), Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition late last night placed three demands to be met immediately, which it placed as a prerequisite
 arrow JCD man killed, 50 hurt in clashes as blockade resumes
A leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was killed and over 50 were injured in clashes between rival political activists in Sylhet as the fourth round of countrywide indefinite transport blockade by
 arrow Acting CEC bins NDI claim of excess voters
Acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Mahfuzur Rahman yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) does not agree with the National Democratic Institute's (NDI) survey report claim that there
 arrow Ctg port dockers stop container handling for vessels with cranes
The country's premier seaport, the Chittagong Port, is headed towards another crisis as the workers this time stopped container handling for vessels with gear (crane) following the directives of the city
 arrow Time to add new tools to microcredit
Speakers at a conference yesterday said there is an emerging east-west inequality in reduction of poverty in Bangladesh, and urged for new ways to tackle poverty in addition to micro-credit.
 arrow Dr Kamal for consultation body for interim govt
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday proposed immediate formation of a consultation body for the caretaker government to ensure protection of the president's post from any outgoing government's illegal
 arrow Lawyers demonstrate for and against CJ's stay order
The lawyers loyal to Awami League (AL) and BNP yesterday demonstrated on the Supreme Court (SC) premises throughout the day for and against the chief justice's staying the proceedings of the writ petitions
 arrow Blockade to go on until 5-pt demand met
The 14-party alliance yesterday said their ongoing non-stop countrywide blockade programme would continue until President and Chief Adviser (CA) to the Caretaker Government (CG) Iajuddin Ahmed met their
 arrow Yunus in telecom deal to wire up the poor
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has teamed up with some of the world's largest telecom firms to leverage communications technology to help alleviate poverty, he announced Sunday.
 arrow Unrest to mar investment climate: ADB
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) in its quarterly economic update on Bangladesh cautioned yesterday that the present political unrest would take a heavy toll on the country's investment climate.
 arrow Blockade programme at Muktangon...

 arrow Tigers ease to 2-0 lead
A 104-run opening partnership between Shahriar Nafees and Mehrab Hossain secured Bangladesh a comfortable six-wicket victory against Zimbabwe in the second one-day game at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Rejoinders
Three high government officials in separate rejoinders have said the reports published in different newspapers on their attending a secret meeting at ex-energy adviser's office in Uttara on November 24
 arrow Violence may affect Japanese investment
Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Masayaki Inoue yesterday voiced concern over the recent political violence in Bangladesh and said if the violence continued it might affect Japanese investment in and cooperation
 arrow 4-party stages rallies to protest vandalism at SC
Leaders and activists of BNP-led four party alliance yesterday held rallies and brought out processions in every thana in the capital protesting the anarchy as well as vandalism at the chief justice's
 arrow Arrest warrant against Mahfuz Anam in case by Mirza Abbas
A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against publisher of the Weekly-2000 Mahfuz Anam in a defamation case, rejecting the defence lawyers' oral appeal about his (Anam) absence from it dueto
 arrow Awranga joins BNP
Hemayetullah Awrangajeb, who had been persona non grata at the Prime Minister's Office during tenure of the last Awami League (AL) government and detained for illegal possession of firearms in 2002, yesterday
 arrow Last minute preparations...

 arrow Bangladeshi hajj pilgrim killed in road crash
A Bangladeshi hajj pilgrim was killed in a road accident in Madina in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
 arrow John Gastright due today
US Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs John Gastright arrives in Dhaka early today on a two-day visit, with matters of the upcoming election in Bangladesh high on his agenda.
 arrow FBCCI to stage token protest against deadlock
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) will stage a token demonstration on Wednesday if the caretaker government fails to break the present political deadlock by tomorrow.
 arrow Jatiya Oikya Front demands resignation of chief adviser
Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF) observed a sit-in programme yesterday simultaneously with the blockade programme of Awami League led 14-party alliance demanding resignation of the chief adviser.
 arrow Body of Coast Guard officer recovered
The body of Coast Guard Petty Officer MH Kabir, killed after an encounter between the law enforcers and a gang of pirates near Mongla seaport on Friday night, was recovered from river Pashur yesterday.
 arrow Bangladeshi film Nirontor gets special award
Bangladesh's feature film "Nirontor," directed by Abu Sayeed, won a Special Jury award yesterday in the competitive section of the 37th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held in Goa.
 arrow 3 GIs, 29 Iraqis killed as US reviews Iraq tactics
Shell-shocked Baghdadis yesterday cleared the bloody wreckage from the latest deadly bomb attack on their city, as the United States sought a new strategy to pull Iraq back from the abyss.
 arrow Lanka asks Norway to snap LTTE contacts
Sri Lanka asked peace broker Norway to suspend contacts with Tiger rebels pending a review of relations with the guerrillas, a top Sri Lankan official said yesterday.
 arrow Rumsfeld backed pullback in Iraq
US forces attacked insurgent bases in Iraq on Sunday as a leaked memo from the man who sent them there revealed that Donald Rumsfeld believes their strategy is not working and it may be better to reduce
Businessarrow Political unrest to hurt investment climate
The current political unrest in Bangladesh will hamper the country's competitiveness and investment climate, Asian Development Bank (ADB) forecast in its quarterly economic update on Bangladesh that was
 arrow Politics in the business class, business in the third class
A prosperous economy is a prerequisite for human development while a congenial environment is the precondition for economic prosperity. Despite several odds in the country, Bangladesh GDP grew by 6.
 arrow India's textile firm plans to partially shift denim unit to Bangladesh
India's leading integrated textile manufacturer Arvind Mills plans to partially shift its denim unit overseas, including Bangladesh.
 arrow Unilever, CARE to create business opportunities for rural women
Unilever Bangladesh Ltd and CARE Bangladesh signed an agreement yesterday to create sustainable business opportunities for thousands of rural women in the country under a project styled 'Aparajita', says
 arrow Europe calmly looks at sliding dollar
With the European economy on the upswing, companies and governments are shrugging off the dollar's renewed slide against the euro this week a phenomenon once dreaded as potential poison for the continent's
 arrow Telecom giants gather in HK for world expo
Executives from the world's leading telecom companies are gathering in Hong Kong this week for the industry's largest trade show with digital connectivity fast becoming an integral part of everyday life.
 arrow EU seeks FTA with Asian, Latin American nations
The European Commission is due to launch plans for a "new generation" of free trade agreements on Wednesday by seeking mandates for talks with Asean, South Korea and India as well as Andean and Central
 arrow Etihad's 6 flights a week to KL from Jan 15
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced that from January 15, 2007 it will operate a six flights-per-week service to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
 arrow Iran to supply LNG to China
Iran's state-owned gas exports company has agreed to supply Chinese company PetroChina with about three million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) a year, news agency Shana said Sunday.
 arrow Chevron builds common room for college in Sreemangal
Chevron Bangladesh has sponsored a girls' college in Moulvibazar to construct a common room for the students, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Lefties rule in Bogra
It is too early to say whether the two southpaws Shahriar Nafees and Mehrab Hossain will keep their opening positions, but both batsmen said they have a good understanding to be a successful pair, solving
 arrow More woes for Bangladesh
Bangladesh's chances to retain the Asiad silver medal in kabaddi was heavily dashed when they crashed to their second successive defeat in the competition in Qatar capital Doha yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kapali, Rajin hit tons
Discarded national batsmen Alok Kapali and Rajin Saleh cracked hundreds for Sylhet on the opening day of the four-day Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League encounter against Dhaka at theDhanmondi
 arrow Cricket: Narayanganj post big win
Narayanganj rode on a brilliant hundred from Rony Talukdar to crush Gopalganj by 119 runs in the National Cricket Championship at the Faridpur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Transfer, to be or not to be...
The transfer of the inaugural Professional Football League is due to begin tomorrow but footballers of the country had no faith on the governing body of football and feared whether it would really start
 arrow Cricket: Proteas pound India
South Africa captain Graeme Smith returned to form as South Africa gained a fourth successive crushing win over India in the fifth and final one-day international against South Africa at Centurion Park
 arrow Cricket: Ponting leads fightback
Ricky Ponting became Australia's pinnacle Test centurion with his 33rd hundred and Mike Hussey narrowly missed a ton to lead a home recovery on the third day of the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval
 arrow Cricket: Bravo out of ODIs
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has left the tour of Pakistan before the one-day series for personal reasons, the team management said on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Dilip hits out at pitches
Indian selection panel chief Dilip Vengsarkar on Sunday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should consider punitive measures like imposing fines on host associations if the pitchesin
 arrow China start domination
China built on its opening day gold medal momentum at the Asian Games Sunday, and grabbed the event's first world records when Chen Yanqing set three new marks in the women's weightlifting.
 arrow Cricket: Punter bets against odds
Ricky Ponting holds hopes of a come-from-behind victory over England with the Australians still to overcome the follow-on target after another tough slog in the second Ashes Test on Adelaide's back-breaking
 arrow Cricket: World Cup rehearsal
Pakistan line up against the West Indies in the first of a five-match one-day international series on Tuesday, with both teams eager to improve ahead of next year's World Cup in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Khan agrees with Yousuf
Prolific Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has found spiritual strength from his faith, which helped him achieve commendable batting feats against the West Indies, former great Imran Khan said Saturday.
 arrow Football: United stretch lead
Sir Alex Fergu-son's belief that Manchester United can reclaim the Premiership title has been bolstered after his side emerged victorious from a scrap with Middlesbrough to pull six points clear of Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Inter unbeatable
Inter Milan beat Siena 2-0 at home in an Italian league match on Saturday to stretch their winning sequence to 11 in all competitions for their best victory run in more than half a century.
 arrow Football: Levante hold Barca
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard paid for his decision to rest Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho as his league leaders slipped up at Levante where they were held 1-1.
 arrow Football: 'Ronaldo is a cheat'
Cristiano Ronaldo was accused of cheating by an angry Gareth Southgate after the midfielder's controversial role in Manchester United's 2-1 Premiership victory at Middlesbrough.
 arrow Tennis: Nalbandian makes it 2-2
David Nalbandian kept Argentina on track for their first ever Davis Cup title by beating Russian Nikolay Davydenko to level the final 2-2 here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Lee facing hearing
Australian paceman Brett Lee was to appear before a disciplinary hearing later Sunday charged with excessive appealing during the second Ashes Test against England at Adelaide Oval.
 arrow Football: Boo-boys confuse Emerson
Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Emerson has said he is mystified after being jeered by his club's fans.
 arrow Football: Lyon pile up records
Lyon broke another record in France on Saturday after a 1-0 win at Le Mans gave them their 14th win from the first 16 matches this season.
 arrow Football: Klose fires Bremen atop
Werder Bremen warmed up for Tuesday's titanic Champions League tussle with Barcelona by moving to the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Wenger plans Henry showdown
Arsene Wenger will hold clear-the-air talks with Thierry Henry after admitting rumours of a training-ground argument between the pair had overshadowed Arsenal's 3-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bellamy pleases Benitez
Rafa Benitez believes Craig Bellamy can inspire Liverpool to new heights after the striker put his off-field problems behind him at Wigan on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Referee attacked
South African referee David Bennett was attacked after Royal Armed Forces of Morocco were denied a stoppage time goal in the African Confederation Cup second leg against Etoile Sahel of Tunisia on Saturday.
 arrow Owen hopeful of swift return
Injured England striker Michael Owen hopes to be back playing for his club Newcastle United before the end of the season.
 arrow Football: An un-gamely death
A player with second division Tenerife was substituted on Saturday after his coach heard the defender's father had died of a heart attack in the stands.
Metropolitanarrow Discriminatory social norms increase risks of HIV/AIDS
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said prevailing discriminatory social norms debar adolescents from learning and talking about sexual problems and thus increase the risk of HIV/AIDS infection.
 arrow DU academic activities at standstill
Academic activities at Dhaka University (DU) have come to a standstill due to current political unrest since a couple of days before the caretaker government took the helm.
 arrow Make blockade programme a success
Coordinator of 11 party alliance Comrade Bimol Bishwas called upon all political activists and citizens of the country to make the countrywide non-stop blockade programme enforced by 14-party alliance
 arrow BCL, JCD clash in Barisal
At least eight activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured in a clash between the two rival student wings on Barisal Government College campus yesterday.
 arrow 'Raise awareness for dev of people with disability'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday underscored the need for raising public awareness and taking initiatives for the development of the physically and mentally challenged people.
 arrow 'Extend helping hand for people with disability'
Protibondhi Kalyan Society (PKS) held a rally at Vashantek in the city yesterday to mark the International Day of the Disabled Persons.
 arrow Bangladesh Dy HC meets Aga Khan in Karachi
Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Karachi Saquib Ali called on Prince Karim Aga Khan on Saturday.
 arrow 'President pushes country into confrontation'
Leaders of Combined Citizens Movement (CCM) yesterday said the president is pushing the country into confrontation in the name of constitution though he still holds the post of chief adviser violating
 arrow Practise religious life to fight AIDS
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis has underscored the need for following religious and moral ethics in personal life to combat the deadly disease AIDS, says a press release.
 arrow One arrested
Police arrested one man for his alleged involvement in October 28 clash between Jamaat and Awami League (AL) activists at Paltan Maidan that left seven dead and several injured.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk16.37 lakh looted from city house
Robbers looted 95 tolas of gold and electronic goods worth around Tk 16.
 arrow Take steps to hold free, fair elections
Leaders of Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) in a meeting on Saturday urged the caretaker government to take necessary measures to hold a free and fair election where all political parties would participate
 arrow 4-party rally today
Four-party alliance led by BNP will hold rallies and bring out processions at every thana of the city corporations and district towns today, says a press release.
 arrow 406 women victims of violence in Nov
A total of 406 women were the victims of different sorts of violence in the country last month, said a report of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday.
 arrow 'Make EC, admin free from BNP-Jamaat grip'
Making the Election Commission (EC) and administration free from the control of the BNP-Jamaat is the prerequisite for holding a free and fair election, leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB)said
 arrow Hartal observed at Taherpur
Awami League-led 14-party observed a dawn to dusk hartal at Taherpur yesterday protesting 'killing of a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader in crossfire'.
 arrow Khulna mayor to consider other options if Ashraf gets party ticket
Khulna City Corporation Mayor Sheikh Tayabur Rahman yesterday said he would consider other options if former whip and party colleague Ashraf Hossain gets nomination from Khulna- 3 constituency in theupcoming
 arrow BNGA confce March 2
The 12th conference of Bangladesh National Geography Association (BNGA) will now be held on March 2 instead of December 22 due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Publication of probe report demanded
Disqualified MBBS admission seekers of government medical colleges for the year 2006-2007 yesterday urged the caretaker government to cancel the admission result and arrange a fresh test.
 arrow Mobile court realises Tk 4.4 lakh in Ctg
A mobile court here yesterday in separate drives fined seven cargo vessels, two brickfields and four commercial centres and realised over Tk 4.4 lakh for different allegations.
 arrow One killed in road accident in B'baria
One person was killed and another injured in a road accident when two trucks collided head-on at Dharker village on Brahmanbaria Comilla highway under Akhaura upazila of the district at 1:00am today.
 arrow One murdered, two shot in city
One person was murdered, two people were shot and two others stabbed in separate incidents in the city yesterday. Police recovered the body of a man in the city yesterday.
 arrow Smuggled goods worth Tk 1.41 crore recovered
Members of the 10th battalion of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in separate drives seized smuggled goods worth Tk 1.41 crore from the frontier areas of the district last night.
 arrow Motor vehicle owners urged to collect tax, fitness stickers
The government has decided to distribute tax and fitness stickers marked with '2007' and route permit stickers marked with '2009' for all motor vehicles except motorcycle, says a Bangladesh Road Transport
 arrow Ibn Sina Award 2006 announced
Ibn Sina Trust yesterday announced the names of the people who have won Ibn Sina Award 2006, says a press release.
 arrow Gold, valuables worth Tk 4 lakh looted in N'ganj
Wearing masks, armed robbers looted 40 tolas of gold ornaments and valuables worth Tk 4 lakh from the residence of a businessman at Baburail under Sadar thana of the district in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow DU 'Kha' unitc admission test postponed
The admission test of 'Kha' unit of Dhaka University (DU) for the honours courses, scheduled to be held on December 8, has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Time extended
The submission deadline of application forms for admission into undergraduate courses of Level 1, Semester 1 of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) for the academic year 2007 is extended to December
 arrow Iftekhar made PIO
Iftekhar Hossein, director general of Bangladesh Film Archives, has been appointed as the Principal Information Officer of the Information Directorate, says a Press Information Department (PID) pressrelease.
 arrow Abdullhel Baki, Amirus Salam
Today is the 35th death anniversary of Shaheed Abdullhel Baki, Bir Pratik and his comrade Shaheed Amirus Salam Babul, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Urea crisis hampers Boro, Rabi cultivation in N dists
Acute crisis of urea fertiliser is affecting cultivation of Irri-Boro paddy and Rabi crops in eight northern districts, frustrating farmers from the very beginning of the season.
 arrow Police deaf to protests, rallies in Ashuganj
Ashuganj upazila headquarters has turned into a town of protest meetings and processions as police are yet to find any clue to the sensational five murders committed at the house of Rafiqul Islam at Charchertala
 arrow Satkhira-1 AL men won't'give away' seat to ally
Awami League leaders in Satkhira-1 (Tala and Kalaroa upazilas) are unhappy over the party's possibility of forming an electoral alliance with Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) led by dissident BNP leader
 arrow BNP faction pushes for new face in Mymensingh-2
Immediate past BNP lawmaker from Mymensingh-2 (Fhulpur-Tarakanda) Shah Shaheed Sarwar faces opposition from a faction in the party, who demand a new face in the coming election.
 arrow Trainee nurses demand removal of teacher
Students of Seba Institute, a government nurse training institute in Sirajganj, yesterday staged a demonstration protesting alleged harassment of students by a teacher and demanding his removal.
 arrow Zia Fertiliser DGM faces show cause, 3 suspended
Ashuganj Zia Fertiliser Company Limited (ZFCL) deputy general manager (DGM) faced a show-cause notice following detection of shortage of 2,57,700 polythene bags worth Tk 25 lakh from its chemical godown
 arrow Blockade In Districts

 arrow RU staff stage hunger strike
Several hundred officials and staff of Rajshahi University (RU) under the banner of Officer and Karmachari Oikya Parishad staged a token hunger strike for the second day yesterday to press their four-point
 arrow Toxic water polluting croplands

 arrow 'Ensure voting by disabled'
Speakers at a discussion meeting here yesterday demanded steps by the authorities to ensure voting by physically challenged people in the coming election.
 arrow Step forward in tourism

Point-Counterpointarrow Doctrine of state necessity
I have read Barrister Harun ur Rashid's "Advice for the Chief Adviser" published in your esteemed newspaper on December 3. He is a good friend of mine.
 arrow Crisis at the EC
It was expected that the departure of CEC Aziz, on leave, would set the stage for reforms and reconstitution of the Election Commission.
 arrow Beyond contempt
From 2:30 to 4 pm the mobile barely stopped ringing.
Culturearrow Remembering Rembrandt with aplomb
Celebrating Rembrandt's 400th birth anniversary, 20 senior artists ranging from Mohammed Kibria, Murtaja Baseer and Hashem Khan, to Javed Jalil and Rebecca Sultana Molly, held a workshop.
 arrow 11th Berger Young Painters' Art Competition
Recently a veritable troupe of talented painters, veterans and apprentices alike gathered for the 11th Berger Young Painters' Art Competition (BYPAC) Award Ceremony.
 arrow Drama serial 'Biborno Bhalobasha'
Popular drama serial on ntv, Bibarno Bhalobasha is set to air tonight at 9:50pm.
 arrow Christmas tunes in the wind
There's more to Christmas carols than just Jingle bells, Rudolph the red nose reindeer or We three kings of Orient are.
Generalarrow 'Raise awareness about AIDS among vulnerable groups'
Speakers at a seminar said risk factors that cause HIV to spread are present in Bangladesh.
 arrow World AIDS Day observed
Durjoy Nari Sangha observed the World AIDS Day through countrywide workshops, rallies, processions and cultural programmes.
Internationalarrow Burns to visit India on Dec 6 to discuss nuclear deal
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R Nicholas Burns, the key US negotiator for the civil nuclear deal with India, will visit New Delhi from December 6-9 to address India's concerns over the
 arrow Several killed in attack in Afghan south
At least eight people were killed in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar yesterday in a suicide car bombing against Nato troops and subsequent gunfire by the soldiers, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Identity becomes woe for Indian Muslims
The very visible identities of Islam-burqa, beard, skullcap and hijab-are posing problems to large numbers of Muslims in India, a country with the world's second largest Islamic population.
 arrow Controversial security law to be changed
A controversial security law in northeastern India that critics say has been misused to kill and torture suspects will be amended, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday.
 arrow India develops missile defence system
India has developed an anti-missile defence system, which could be put in place in 3 to 5 years, the country's top defence research body said on Saturday.
 arrow Train accident in India

 arrow IAEA chief warns against isolation of Iran, N Korea
UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei yesterday warned against diplomatic isolation of North Korea and Iran, saying confrontation would only lead them to accelerate their nuclear programmes.
 arrow Lebanon govt defiant as protesters up pressure
Lebanon's political crisis showed no sign of easing yesterday, with the pro-Syrian opposition pressing on with its protest campaign to topple the Western-backed government.
 arrow Birds flu outbreak in S Korea
South Korea has culled some 771,000 chickens since it reported two new bird flu outbreaks in its southwest late last month, a local government said yesterday.
 arrow Call for int'l aid to Palestinians
France's socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal called for a resumption of international aid to the Palestinians during a visit to the Gaza Strip yesterday.
 arrow 'Typhoon toll may cross 1,000'
The top Red Cross official in the Philippines said yesterday that he thinks 1,000 people or more have been killed by Typhoon Durian.
 arrow Distrust of Muslims runs deep in US
When radio host Jerry Klein suggested that all Muslims in the United States should be identified with a crescent-shape tattoo or a distinctive arm band, the phone lines jammed instantly.
 arrow US puts a $350b price tag on Iraq war
The war in Iraq has cost the United States more than 350 billion dollars since the March 2003 invasion, according to an AFP review of Congress figures.
 arrow Divided UN powers to meet for Iran talks
A meeting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany to discuss a UN resolution on Iran's nuclear programme will go ahead Tuesday, after Russia on Saturday withdrew a statement
 arrow Pinochet suffers heart attack
Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has suffered a life-threatening heart attack while under house arrest and was rushed to hospital early yesterday, doctors said.
 arrow Ailing Castro misses parade
Tanks rolled through the streets and jets roared overhead on Saturday in Havana's first military parade in a decade, but ailing leader Fidel Castro did not attend in what many saw as a sign his long rule
Editorialarrow Editorial: 1.22 crore excess voters!
The NDI has reinforced what the media and the civil society had been persistently trying to attract the Election Commission's (EC) attention to since the voter list was 'updated' in August this year.
 arrow Editorial: CHT Agreement
We are disappointed by the lack of progress in implementation of the CHT Agreement of 1997. Over the past nine years no serious effort has been made in putting the various terms of the agreement intoeffect.
 arrow When judges do injustice...
Remember that icon? The goddess of justice is blindfolded and the two weighing scales in her hand are evenly poised. That is the symbol of a just and a civilised society.
 arrow A London diary
The red edge of dawn woke me up at 15,000 feet above Zurich. We had risen through a floor of thick, dark grey cloud that was both still and undulating, a sky-sea of waves at 10,000 feet.
 arrow A travesty of the caretaker concept
When, after a protracted movement, the 14-party alliance garnered some success for the electoral reforms it has been seeking, a bizarre series of events tilted the balance and the election engineering
Letters to Editorarrow Bangladesh politics
As a foreigner having lived in Bangladesh for almost four years, I am appalled at the current situation in the country.
 arrow Don't blame the media
None has forgotten the incident of Bangla Bhai. When the media unveiled his destructive activities, a former minister told, "Bangla Bhai is the creation of media.
 arrow Leakage of MBBS question
The nation has once again witnessed a nasty game with the future of our brightest students through leakage of question paper for their MBBS admission test held on 17 November 2006.
 arrow Place for a loser!
After such an embarrassing defeat in the recently held mid-term election, US President Bush seems to be in real trouble. He might even face impeachment.
 arrow Al Jazeera and our cable operator
A few days ago, I called up my cable operator at Gulshan, requesting him to include the newly launched English TV channel of Al-Jazeera. I was hoping that the cable guy would be happy to hear my request.
 arrow Avoid traumatising photos in posters
Some days ago when I was going along the road below the Shahjahanpur flyover, a shocking election poster on the pillar drew my attention.
 arrow Ah security!
The other day, a few people ordinary citizens were having an evening out at Dhaba kebab at Banani road number 11. We don't have too many places to go in this grim, sad capital.
 arrow Grameenphone logo
My attention was brought to a letter in your "Letters to the Editor" page commenting on Grameenphone's new logo.
Star Cityarrow Dhaka voters' list murkier than the rest
There is no alternative to thorough correction of the 'updated voter list' particularly in the urban areas for a meaningful parliamentary election, according to findings of various non-government poll
 arrow Urban development watchdog comes into being
The much-awaited Urban Development Committee has finally come into being with a wide mandate of overseeing all kinds of development activities in the capital city and making recommendations on the planned
 arrow Mosque architecture under threat
Space constraints caused by large scale land grabbing, high-rise building construction, unplanned restoration and air pollution pose constant threats to the historical mosque architectures, said historians
 arrow Khoka's Corner

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